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Old 03-21-2005, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who has bought an Averatec?

I am thinking of buying an Averatec laptop.

Some specs:
Model: 6110-EH1
Mobile AMD Sempron 2800+, 1.6GHz
15.4 in. WXGA TFT display
802.11g Wireless
Dual DVD+/-RW Burner
512 MB DDR-SDRAM
80GB HD (unknown hd speed)
3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 IEEE 1394
$750 at CompUSA

I talked to the IT guy at my office, and he thought it seemed fine. Like many people, including myself until recently, he's not heard of Averatec. In searching reviews, I've found they get ratings of 6 or 7 out of 10. Most complaints are short battery life, loud hard drive, or dead pixels.

I'm not much of a technophile, but this seems like a good computer for the price. My hope is it would last at least 2 years.

Has anyone in TFPland purchased a similar setup to this Averatec, or another Averatec model that you'd like to share your experience with? Thanks for any info you may have.
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Old 03-21-2005, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Please see the following threads as they relate to your inquiry.

http://www.tfproject.org/tfp/showthr...light=averatec

http://www.tfproject.org/tfp/showthr...light=averatec

When you have something you want to discuss, try searching for it first, as someone may have already started a thread about it.

Just my $0.02, I _hate_ Averatec computers. They're pieces of crap in my opinion.

As for the 80gig hdd, it's most likely 5400rpm, as the only 7200rpm laptop drives I've seen are 60gig drives. I have one, definately worth it.
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Old 03-21-2005, 01:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the 2/100 $.

ps. I had read those threads, but they're old. I was hoping that in the 1.5 months since someone last posted in those threads there'd be some new Averatec users out there.
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Old 03-21-2005, 07:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't personaly own one but I have seen them in the store, they just looked and felt cheap to me, but then again the one I saw was a 12" model. In any case if you can you should go over to compusa or circuit city and check them out for yourself and see how they feel to you.
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Old 03-22-2005, 09:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i have found Averatecs to be less than avera-age.
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Old 03-23-2005, 01:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm not sure on the performance of Semprons, but if you do anymore then just web browsing or word processing I'd suggest going for Pentium M. If budget is not a big concern for you I'd go with a dell 700m. Notebooks with the Pentium Ms seem to work great long battery life, run cool, and performs better then any cpu I've used in a notebook.
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Old 03-23-2005, 02:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not bad for ~$750. Read their return policy and run it through its paces early. Lots of touchy-feely with notebooks.

Muckluck, a 1.6GHz Sempron (2800+) will perform similarly to a 1.5GHz Pentium M. They trade many benchmarks. If systems were equal the Pentium M would have slightly better battery life, but that involves so many other factors. I don't doubt the m700 (made by Wistron) would be nicer but similar options would bump the cost to ~$1200 even at current sale prices.
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Old 03-23-2005, 03:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have Averatec's C3500 Laptop/Tablet and its awesome. I love this thing. No complaints from me here.
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Old 03-23-2005, 06:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Not bad for ~$750. Read their return policy and run it through its paces early. Lots of touchy-feely with notebooks.

Muckluck, a 1.6GHz Sempron (2800+) will perform similarly to a 1.5GHz Pentium M. They trade many benchmarks. If systems were equal the Pentium M would have slightly better battery life, but that involves so many other factors. I don't doubt the m700 (made by Wistron) would be nicer but similar options would bump the cost to ~$1200 even at current sale prices.
Seriously? That's pretty impressive. AMD does a really good job at making a budget CPU then. I mean a 2.6 Ghz Celeron can't touch a Pentium M CPU, unless I am mistaken again? The only celerons I used where P2 era celerons and a 1.3 Ghz celeron. Worst CPU ever.
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Old 03-24-2005, 04:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My mother was recently in the market for a new laptop, and she really didn't want to spend too much money (she's 58 years old and mostly does email, internet, and makes greeting cards with her computers... oh yeah and some family tree/genealogy stuff).

I looked long and hard at many online and brick&mortar establishments for a nice laptop at a reasonable price. After much deliberation, I came back to my local Sam's Club and purchased the Averatec 6110 (it sounds identical to the one you've listed above).

At first I thought the case was somewhat cheap and flimsy, especially after being the owner of a few mil-spec GRiD laptops back in the day. I currently own an Apple iBook which is fairly solid, and a Titanium PowerBook which is a freakin' rock. But after playing around w/ it for a while I thought "eh, it'll do... too many features to ignore for the price, and the big ass decent quality screen".

My mom has put it to the test, and it seems to be working out very well. No major problems at all and the battery life is OK but not the greatest. I am pretty happy with the purchase and it's price. The DVD burner and everything work great.

I say buy it, but don't drop it and keep it in a well padded case. Given those tips, it should be a nice long lasting laptop. This doesn't apply to everyone, but when I buy a new laptop.. I ALWAYS purchase the extended warranty as I am very very hard on laptops.
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